Facile Definition

Not hard to do or achieve; easy.
Webster's New World
Acting, working, or done easily, or in a quick, smooth way; fluent; ready.
A facile wit.
Webster's New World
Using or showing little effort and not sincere or profound; superficial.
A facile solution, facile emotions.
Webster's New World
Arrived at or presented without due care, effort, or examination; superficial.
We don't need another facile solution to a complex problem.
American Heritage
Pleasingly mild, as in disposition or manner.
American Heritage

Origin of Facile

  • From Middle French facile, from Latin facilis (“easy to do, easy, literally doable”), from facere (“to do, make”). Compare Spanish fácil ("easy").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin facilis dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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